Eddy De Gabriele - Independent Director / Chairman
Eddy De Gabriele comes to Football with a diverse & successful background in Corporate, Business, Govt., Community and Charity coupled with many personal experiences. Below we have provided Eddy’s background and journey so far.
Eddy has been involved with Football since 1963. Eddy played his entire junior & senior football life in Victoria including having the privilege of playing in one International Match in 1973 against Bundesliga Club Hertha Berlin 03. Eddy still plays National & International Masters Football today. In 2005, Eddy was asked to lead the sport with major structural, strategic, organisational and operational changes. With the strong support from the Football Community, Eddy led a professional group of like-minded people in the Unification of the game and the creation of Football South Coast (FSC) Ltd. Today Football in the Illawarra is successfully unified bringing an end to a 32-year fractured community. FSC is recognised as a modern and progressive Sports Association having attracted the attention of the FFA & FNSW with its successful & unique Unification Model. FSC through its first ever woman appointed CEO, Ann-Marie Balliana leads a team in managing all elements of Football and the sport can now grow and take its rightful place as a key contributor to the region. Football in the Illawarra has made an amazing turnaround under FSC as it searches of support for better facilities for its football community & secure a permanent home. FSC continues to grow its grassroots with record breaking registration & participation numbers & the future of football in the Region & its surrounds is shining strongly under the FSC Unification model.
Professionally, Eddy is owner & Founder of the Edmen Group of Companies; a business that employs over 1800 people across most of Australia providing Disability Care Worker Services to the Disability & Age Care Sectors and providing Workforces to various multiple Industries. Edmen has become a leading and major provider of National Disability Care Services and Recruitment Services. Its growth & expansion continues as market leader.
Eddy has been Chairman of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra, (prev. Illawarra Area Consultative Board) since 2005; responsible for the effective economic & social development of the Region. RDAI is governed by a Board of 12 Illawarra Members, comprising; business, community, union, university, TAFE and State/Fed govt. leaders.
Over a number of years, Eddy has been involved and is still involved as a either Director or Committee Member in a number of Community & Association Organisations, including: Illawarra Business Chamber, Fraternity Recreational & Bowling Club, Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund, Australian Industry Group and the Sth Coast A-League Bid Consortium Group.
Ann-Marie Balliana - Independent Director / CEO
Ann-Marie's involvement in football began at an early age when her family started Fairy Meadow United Soccer Club. Born and raised in Wollongong, Ann-Marie attended Wollongong University and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. As a Chartered Accountant Ann-Marie has worked for Westpac and Cuscal as an internal auditor and project manager with areas of specialisation being are risk management, compliance and business development.
Although always kicking a ball around with her family in the backyard, Ann-Marie played for South Coast United in the Women's league from 2001 to 2004 taking out Player of the year in her first formal year of playing. More recently Ann-Marie was the Treasury of the Illawarra Junior Football Association prior to unification from 2008 to 2010. Ann-Marie is now looking forward to being a football mum as her two young sons approach their first days on the football field.
Milco Stojanoski - Independent Director / Deputy Chairman
Milco Stojanoski - MBA, BCom, Eng Dip. Operations Manager with BlueScope Steel. Milco has over 20 years experience in football across the Illawarra Region. He is an Ex President and life member of Cringila Lions Football Club and was invited to join the board of Illawarra Football Association in 2004 which led to his election as vice president in 2007. Milco played an integral role in the development of Crehan Park and development of its business plan and strategic direction. In 2009 Milco was appointed by Football NSW to the board of Football South Coast after an extensive recruitment process.
Nicki Bowman - Independent Director
Proudly born, raised and resident in the Illawarra, Nicki has forged a 25-year career in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, with a strong focus on business improvement and transformation. She has worked in industries ranging from legal to mining, from manufacturing to finance, and from football to fashion, in both board and executive roles. Nicki was the founding Deputy Chair of Football South Coast, and acted as CEO and MD in its formative days. After a break to travel the world with her family, Nicki re-joined the Board in 2016. Nicki also spent several years on the FFA’s Women’s Advisory Group, and represented Australia at the 2011 FIFA Women’s conference.
Claude Cuda - Director (Men's Football Council)
Claude has a strong local football background and has been involved in football for a great part of his life. He was a premier league first grade player for a number of years before moving onto the Port Kembla Football Club committee for 3 years where he played a major role in the transformation of the club back into premier league in the 90’s. Claude then joined the amateur league as a player before joining the amateur committee and then eventually being elected as the Amateur President where he was responsible for incorporating the Association, and introducing the Masters 35’s competition, as well as driving the growth and identity of the amateur competitions.
Claude was granted Life Membership of the Amateur Association prior to moving on to theIllawarra Football Association in 2005 where he still plays an active role as competition director and chairman of the Men’s Football Council. Claude has also been a junior coach for a number of years. Claude works as a Electrical Planner at Port Kembla Coal Terminal and has a Associate Diploma inElectrical Engineering and a Management Certificate completed at the Illawarra Institute of Technology.
John Whiddett - Elected Director (Junior Football Council)
- Life Member Unanderra Hearts Soccer Club – President, Secretary, Registrar
- Life Member Illawarra Junior Football Association (extended to Football South Coast) – Rep Team Convenor, Disciplinary Chairman, Vice President, Head of Junior Council.
- Life Member Wests Illawarra Football Club – Treasurer, Secretary, President, Public Officer.
- Football New South Wales Junior Standing Committee for 4 years, Chairman for 2 years.
- Football New South Wales Sydney Branch 6 years, 2 years as Chairman, Appeals panel.
- Football New South Wales – Met Far South State Titles Convenor – 8 years.
- Referee – 8 years
- Instrumental in obtaining Government Grants for Unanderra Oval for;
- Field lighting of all 3 main fields.
- Project managed the installation of the field lighting.
- 20,000 litre water tank for watering of fields in summer months
- Construction of BBQ room.
- Installation Inspector
Melissa Spero - Elected Director (Womens Football Council)
Andrew Naylor - Elected Director (Referee Council)
Joe Seco - Director (Representative and Development Football)